In a tremendous “win” for the art of quilting, Ann Loveless took ArtPrize 2013’s $200,000 first-place popular-vote prize. ArtPrize, which lasts 19 days and covers three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the city’s fifth annual art competition. SLEEPING BEAR DUNE LAKESHORE depicts a Lake Michigan dunes scene on a 20-foot, four-panel quilt, demonstrating such detail that some visitors thought it was a photo or oil painting grouping.
Ann says that she doesn’t use patterns and she doesn’t trace – and that her prize-money spending spree will begin at local quilt shops. Meet the artist and see a slideshow of the quilt grouping HERE, in an article from mlive.com!
It’s important to note that the contest was not a quilt contest – it included all forms of art. There were 1,524 works of art in this year’s contest.
Among the top ten winners was another piece of quilt art. Finding Beauty in Bad Things: Porcelain Vine by Fraser Smith won 8th place in the public opinion vote. Fascinating carved wood objects are Fraser’s life; see more of his incredible works of art HERE.
Ann’s quilt art was displayed during the contest on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Fraser’s was at DeVos Place. ArtPrize is scattered throughout Grand Rapids at 169 different venues, and is decided entirely by public vote. A total of 446,850 votes were expressed by the public at this year’s event.